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State senators are abusing their power

Letter to the editor

Posted: Thursday, May 19, 2005

The Senate majority have held educational funding, the capital budget, and the operating budget hostage, preventing the Legislature from completing their work so they can adjourn. This "game" is costing the citizens over $30,000 per day.

Senators have made it clear that key members who won't commit to voting affirmatively for their bills, won't get their projects funded. Senators that chair the conference committees on the retirement bill and on the workers compensation bill continually delay and cancel hearings so no progress can be made on trying to reach an honest compromise. House members and minority Senators have shown great restraint under the circumstances.

As a citizen who has spent hundreds of hours observing the Legislature this year, I find the conduct by some of our elected officials an abuse of power. Senators need to transmit the bills that have passed the Senate, to the House for a vote. Conference committee chairmen need to do their job, hold public hearings and get the bills to each house for an up or down vote.

Sam Trivette

Juneau



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